Scientists in S'pore grow coral babies in the lab to help restore dying reefs

Hard corals spawn by releasing pink bundles of sperm and eggs, which then combine to form larvae. PHOTO: TROPICAL MARINE SCIENCE INSTITUTE
Hard coral spawning off Raffles Lighthouse between April 20 and 22, 2022. PHOTO: NATIONAL PARKS BOARD
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SINGAPORE - To breathe life into a dying reef, scientists usually start by raising an army of clones.

They retrieve coral fragments, which are clones of the animals they were taken from, grow them in a laboratory until they reach a suitable size, and then transplant them onto a degraded reef, where they spread and grow.

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